The Spartans are looking to put the finishing touches on their 2017 recruiting class, and have shown interest in a safety out of New Castle, PA, who already has a soft verbal commitment to Kent State. Let’s meet Geno Stone.
Stone, a 6’0”, 200-pound safety, is taking an official visit with Michigan State this weekend (the weekend of January 27th). Although the Spartans have not actually made him an official offer yet, Geno has interest in MSU.
“It’s a great program,” Stone told Spartan Nation. “It’s a Power Five Conference. You play against Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State every year; you play the best of the best, so that’s probably one of the best things I can think of.”
Stone has been in contact with Spartans’ Offensive Line Coach, Mark Staten, but he’s been told that DBs Coach and Defensive Coordinator Harlon Barnett will be going to see him for an in-home visit soon. But through the connections, no offer has been made by Michigan State yet.
“Right now, all they’ve said is that the coaching staff loved my film, and they just can’t wait to get me up there,” Geno said.
Stone ensured that, even with his verbal commitment to Kent State, he wouldn’t be making the visit to East Lansing if Michigan State didn’t have a chance to land him. He says he’s thrilled to have a Power Five school show such interest in him so close to Signing Day.
“It’s exciting, just because it’s an opportunity I’ve always looked forward to. I’m just happy I get to experience it now,” Stone said.
“I started playing the game of football in second grade – I played up with the fourth and fifth graders. But I fell in love with the game, probably, in 10th grade, when I realized it was the sport that was best for me,” Geno recalled.
Stone also recognizes the positives and negatives that coaches have seen in his game.
“They like the way I can come down and hit, the way I play the ball – I’ve got good ball range – and my awareness on the field,” he said. “But, right now, they want to see me get better mostly on my speed to the ball.”
Having grown up in Pennsylvania, part of the hook of East Lansing for Geno Stone isn’t just that he’d get to play for Michigan State, but also that he’d get to play against Penn State.
“Throughout the whole process, I was looking at Penn State, hoping they would offer me, but it hasn’t happened yet. It would be a great thing just to play in that stadium, with every game I went and watched there,” Stone admitted.
Along with the verbal commitment from Kent State and the interest from Michigan State, Stone is also being looked at by another Big Ten school, Iowa, but there’s no word on whether or not the Hawkeyes plan to make him an offer.
Simply from the fact that Geno Stone originally had 19 scholarship offers to decide between, you can tell he’s in high demand, and after his visit to East Lansing next weekend, we should have a better idea of where Michigan State fits into his future plans.